Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Jun 2013 17:07 UTC
Apple We already talked about iOS 7 yesterday (after a night of sleep, it's only looking worse and worse - look at this, for Fiona's sake!), so now it's time to talk about the downright stunning and belly flutters-inducing new Mac Pro. As former owner and huge, huge, huge fan of the PowerMac G4 Cube - I haven't been this excited about an Apple product since, well, I would say the iMac G4. This is the Apple I used to love.
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A marvel of engineering, but...
by xfce_fanboy on Tue 11th Jun 2013 22:21 UTC
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A very powerful system in a very distinctive form-factor. That's what the new Mac Pro is, and I suspect it'll be a strong seller among the professionals who use it for tasks like graphics editing, and have deep corporate pockets for buying top-of-the-line computers.

But by changing to a compact system with limited expansion options, I think Apple is neglecting a very important market segment: pragmatic power-users who value the ability to upgrade at a later date. Some MacPro users bought into the old version because they wanted the case with expansion bays, not because they needed Xeon processors or other advanced features.

No complaints about the new Mac Pro, but maybe Apple should also design a sister model in a MicroATX tower with Core i3/5/7 CPU's, and a price point around $1000 (midway between Mac Mini & Mac Pro.) Apple already has a great starting point for the case design with the classic Power Mac G4 tower: a sturdy, well-engineered case with functional handles and room for growth.

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